It’s Wakefield away for Hull FC on Friday night for what is a dead rubber fixture for the final game of the 2021 season. What dreams are made of, but this is what we do.
Eight defeats from the last nine games have put to bed any hope of a play-off finish as Hull have showed their worst after a promising start to the year. The only thing left to play for now is pride which should be a sufficient motivator itself given there is plenty of it to restore.
In recent weeks Hull have been nothing short of horrendous, undoing all of their hard work at the start of the year to sit eighth in the Super League table. It’s rancid. Excuses became popular, but unfortunately it also became apparent that some players just aren’t good enough. Those limitations within the side have shined through and the club have now realised it too, voicing a desire to let some players go and bring in fresh blood. Nothing new, but most welcome indeed should they actually back their words up with actions this time.
Yet after questioning if the intellect was there within the club to get the right players in, two names that have been linked with them so far this week just justify the doubts – Joe Wardle and a kid from Bradford. Strewth, mate.
Although this situation is a result of realising your mismanagement and trying to recruit at the last minute. It’s tough. Yet Hull need a hooker, at least two quality enforcer props, a half back, and arguably another back rower too. Some of that wish list will have to wait until the end of 2022 when the contracts expire, but one can only hope that Hull bring in a sufficient addition or two before the start of pre-season.
Obviously to bring anyone in Hull need to let someone go, which of course involves finding a club willing to take that someone in, something which could be a tall order itself given some of these players are both overpaid and underperforming.
Who Hull will let go is anyone’s guess, but they have shopped some of them around to other clubs this week, although Brett Hodgson gave absolutely nothing away in his weekly press conference.
It’s all just a mess – a complete utter mess – and not for the first time in recent years.
But for now it’s Wakefield away. A hard sell in an already challenging climate.
Wakefield also have some wrongs to right after their defeat to Leigh. Under their interim coach Willie Poching, they were in good form before that as well winning their last four, and they have an abundance of ex-Hull larkers amongst their ranks who love nothing more than to get one over their previous employer.
Still, don’t except fireworks. This one will likely be another chore, and again relief will probably be the main emotion come full time.
Hull are without Josh Griffin, Josh Reynolds, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Joe Cator, Jack Brown, and Adam Swift to injury.
Masimbaashe Matongo is on loan at Bradford.
Wakefield are without Max Jowitt, Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou, and Matty Ashurst.
Hull: 1. Jake Connor, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Mahe Fonua, 10. Chris Satae, 11. Andre Savelio, 12. Manu Ma’u, 13. Ligi Sao, 14. Jordan Johnstone, 16. Jordan Lane, 17. Brad Fash, 19. Ben McNamara, 22. Josh Bowden, 23. Connor Wynne, 24. Cameron Scott, 26. Jude Ferreira, 27. Mitieli Vulikijapani, 29. Jamie Shaul, 31. Aiden Burrell, 32. Marcus Walker, 33. Jacob Hookem.
Wakefield: 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Liam Kay, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Mason Lino, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Tinirau Arona, 12. Kelepi Tanginoa, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Jay Pitts, 15. Eddie Battye, 16. James Batchelor, 17. Chris Green, 18. Innes Senior, 19. Jordan Crowther, 20. Joe Arundel, 23. Josh Wood, 25. Brad Walker, 26. Yusuf Aydin, 29. Ryan Hampshire, 33. Harry Bowes.
Last Five Meetings
2021: Hull 20 Wakefield 14
2020: Hull 21 Wakefield 18 (at St Helens)
2020: Wakefield 26 Hull 27
2019: Wakefield 16 Hull 26
2019: Hull 30 Wakefield 14
Super League Head to Head
Played 56 – Hull wins 41 – Wakefield wins 14 – Draws 1
Wakefield by six points.